Does this make me a nerd?!

Happy New Comic Day!!
So, last week was a bit of a light week for releases and it gave me a chance to finally check out (on @4thworldZombie‘s recommendation) Jeff Lemire’s The Nobody.

DO IT! Seriously! It’ll take you no time at all to read and it is a beautiful little book about an invisible man who can’t help but get noticed by the population of the small fishing town of Large Mouth. Upon completion, it made me think of the Twilight Zone episode, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple”. I really loved it! I want to buy an original page from it eventually for sure!

Notable from last week (not in my top 5):

Dungeons & Dragons?! Seriously?! Me?! Does this make me a nerd?!
When I was a little kid, I went to my local comic shop in Virginia called, Richmond Comix where there were normally kids set up at tables playing some game with a 100 sided dice (forgive me if that’s wrong). These kids were incredibly unwelcoming to newcomers. I get that now. It was their thing. It was their thing which people probably gave them tons of shit about already anyway. Of course they would be unwelcoming, but at the time, I was pissed. I guess it kind of stuck with me, because since then, I’ve done everything in my power to avoid Dungeons & Dragons… That shit is for nerds (how many people did I just piss off?).
Anyway, IDW is putting out a crossover events right now called Infestation 2, which I am only reading because eventually the Ninja Turtles are getting involved. SHIT! I’m going to have to read Dungeons & Dragons comics?! Bullshit!
Turns out, I fucking loved the first issue! It was like Sherlock Holmes in a fantasy setting! It was tons of fun, and I’m actually really looking forward to checking out #2 this week! NERD.

BREAKING NEWS!! Nerdtown’s population is growing!!!!!!!
Tons of new stuff is happening here in Nerdtown! Including some new writers for this blog! I’m teaming with my favorite comic shop in the world, 4th World Comics (Smithtown, NY) in an attempt to bring you guys more. At some point over this next month, you’ll start to see articles, news, reviews or whatever the fuck the fine people over at 4th World feel like saying! There has even been some talk of a weekly podcast… SHHH! Don’t tell anyone!

Let’s do the pulls!!!
It was all I could do to not put American Vampire in my Top 5 this week. It’s just so damn good I can’t stand it! But I promised I would be trying to switch it up a bit and stop picking all the same books every week.
Here we go, 2/22/12 Top 5 Pulls:

Prophet #22

Image: Brandon Graham and Simon Roy

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7

IDW Publishing: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan

Chew #24

Image: John Layman and Rob Guillory

No Place Like Home #1

Image: Angelo Tirotto and Richard Jordan

All Star Western #6

DC Comics: Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Moritat

One more quick thing before I go.

This Good Robot played the first round of The Bamboozle Break Contest this past Sunday and we had a blast!! Made tons of new friends and saw some great new bands! Thank you guys so much for coming out to support us! Thanks to you, This Good Robot has advanced to the next round!
Let’s do it again!!! We could really use your help. YES! YOU!! Go sign up on Friend us and talk about us. You have no idea how much just that alone will help! Once we have more info on the next round, we will be sure to pass it on! We can’t do this without you. I’m not just talking about the contest, I’m talking about the band in general… We can’t do it without you… It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. Be a part of what happens when This Good Robot takes over the planet.

My Original Comic Art Gallery: Now I’m just showing off…




Peter Pan set during WWII… I haven’t read it yet, but I’m guessing this makes Captain Hook a Nazi… Nice.

Happy Day After Valentine’s Day Day!! I hope you gave someone you love a comic book yesterday. I went for the ol’ put the bracelet on her while she’s sleeping bit. She got new jewelry, I got a black eye.

A lighter week than usual. I picked up 18 books, some of which don’t count. I’m not counting Conan the Barbarian by Brian Wood, Becky Cloonan and Dave Stewart, because it came out last week. I don’t think it’s something I would normally pick up, but I heard a lot of good things and I’m a fan of everyone involved, so I’m excited!
The other book I’m not counting is Prophet #21 by Brandon Graham and Simon Roy because I’m an asshole and should have bought the first printing. I had it in my hands and put it back for some idiotic reason. I grabbed the 2nd printing tonight. Very excited to finally read this one!


I’m going to be making a lot changes around Nerdtown, USA very soon. I’m not ready to talk about everything just yet, I can tell you to expect more and to be excited!

On to the Pulls!!

Peter Panzerfaust #1

Image: Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins

Batman #6

DC Comics: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

The Activity #3

Image: Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads

Fables #114

DC Vertigo: Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

Wonder Woman #6

DC Comics: Brian Azzarello and Tony Akins

This Sunday! This Good Robot is playing the Bamboozle Break Contest at Ollie’s Point!! Come support the team!! LONG LIVE THIS GOOD ROBOT!!


The best comics are free comics!

So I had kind of a weird day. At work, I got hit in the eye and sliced my cornea… Which is exactly as much fun as it sounds. I reluctantly went to the doctor and in the end, I’m glad I did. Nothing worse than infected eyeballs! The doctor said I should be in a lot more pain than I am… Turns out I’m not a pussy after all! Hooorrray!!!
And then… There were comics.
When you go to get your comics this week, be sure to pick up the FREE Vertigo 2012 Preview.

I’m a huge Fables fan, so I was excited to see some of the first pages from the Fairest spin off by Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning (#1 on sale March 7, 2012). Before the Fairest preview, which was great by the way, were three others. I normally check out of Vertigo #1’s, but these previews have me totally pumped for:
Dominque Laveau: Voodoo Child by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Denys Cowan, and John Floyd (#1 on sale March 21, 2012)

The New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett and I. N. J. Culbard (#1 on sale March 28, 2012)

Saucer Country by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly (#1 on sale March 14, 2012)

I’m definitely on board for all four!

Notable from last week (not in my top 5):
Allstar Western #6

I never put this one in my top 5, and I’m not really sure why. Every issue so far has been a blast!

Now, onto this weeks pulls!

Severed #7 (of 7)

Image: Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft and Attila Futaki
Just read it… I miss it already. What a great story! It’s totally possible to be scared while reading a comic book… This is proof.

Thief of Thieves #1

Image: Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer and Shawn Matinbrough

Memorial #3

IDW Publishing: Chris Roberson and Rich Ellis

The Unwritten #34

DC Vertigo: Mike Carey and Peter Gross

Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #6

DC Comics: Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli

I’ve got an episode of Alcatraz on and I’m not devoting nearly enough attention to it. I’m done here.


This Good Robot – The Human I Am EP Lyrics (for those who’ve requested)

20120204-231206.jpgPeople keep asking for these and I’ve been too busy (lazy) til now. Sorry.
I had to listen to the songs and pause and play as I typed to make sure I didn’t mess anything up. I’ll confess that there was a line or two that had me a bit stumped even listening back. what the fuck was I trying to say?! No one will ever know. Enjoy!

Woe is Barnaby Black

Oh, I’m not the man I was the day the coppers took my face away
Away, away, a mistake they put me away
So, I wondered who my mother was as they dragged me towards that prison bus, sent away, sent away, sent away, they put me away
Oh, you haven’t heard the last from me
The science of catastrophe
You’ll get yours (you’ll get yours)
I’ll get mine (not this time)
Then we’ll see if we can die

Oh, my mind, it’s running faster…
It’s running faster in all of the wrong ways
Oh, I’m so lost, I’ve found my way
Oh, I, I am not the answer
But i’ve got the answer
I won’t walk away
When they’re talking down my name
I’m the fall guy they can blame

So you’ve lost your mind quite literally
Then you beg me for some sympathy
Well it’s right where we left it that night
All over the wall
The ceiling still rains bits of you
I never got you off my shoes
So I throw them away
Yeah I throw, throw them away

My heart!
It beats me senseless
And all my senses seem to slip away
Oh, I’m so lost, I’ve found my way
But I, I am not defenseless
And I’ve seen my purpose
I will have my day
When they’re talking down my name
I’m the fall guy they can blame
So I might as well play the part

Chronic Town

It’s not our war (not this time)
You’re hands tied to the floor (not this time)
Real problems ignored (give up the fight)
Til we fall apart (but we’ll never die)
In those hands (we’re all free)
That we hold onto
And we go

We’re all man-made (I have been saved)
We’re all built the same (I have been saved)
And we run

Give up the fight (the human I have been)
Drop it now (the human I could be)
With all you’re might (once you’ve abandoned all)
And let go (the faith you had in me)

Give us love
Or we walk

It’s cute you think you’re going home (have I been saved?)

Alive! Alive! Alive! Alive!

The Human I Am

Someone’s got me tied up to a wall
I’ve got to get lose,
Got to go off and save the world
If I can’t break free
There’s no saving me
Then you’re all doomed
And I’ll apologize
But of course you can’t hear me anymore

So I dig down deeper
You fall so much fast
But I promise that I’ll make this grab
If I lost you, I’d lose all the human I am

Now the dead are walking
We may have to run
Won’t live out the night long enough to feel the sun
And she screams, “SOMEONE SAVE ME! I JUST CAN’T BREAK FREE! THEY SMELL MY BRAINS! NO! I BEG AND PLEAD! Of course, they can’t hear me anymore”

So now you’re tied to the tracks and I’m breaking my back for love
We’ve got an hour to kill and if the train doesn’t do it, he will
When suddenly it hits me
A ton of bricks
It can’t be
And we’re all gone
And still you beg and plead
But I don’t want to hear it anymore

Call the Police

You promised you’d always be true
You wronged me can my stop loving you
Along with my trust
You took all of my heart
And still, I can’t stop saving you

Get down!
Right now!
On the ground!
Introduce yourself to the tile!
I know, I know, I know, it’s a bit much to handle
You ain’t got no luck and no hero

I’m sorry I find this funny
You’re meager attempt to stop me
But there’s a knife in his back
Did the little lady do that?

This world it vibrates and here I am standing still
Watching these heads roll away
Talk of the nation!
It’s newest sensation!
Say no? Share your lovers grave!
You thought I didn’t know?
You thought I didn’t know?

Well I could be king
And you could be free
Oh, but this pardon, it comes with a fee
Only your word
Don’t be absurd!
Darlin this world we could tear it apart!
Hell, it’s already falling apart
Yeah, this world, let’s tear it apart!

You and me we make great partners
City’s mine
It could be ours
I have waited long to show you
All this time
I’ve always been dreaming of you –And me we make great partners…

I thought I found you out
Found out what all the fuss was about
I give up
I’m done
You win
I have lost all the human I am <—(HEY LOOK! THAT'S THE NAME OF THE ALBUM AND THAT OTHER SONG! NEAT!! 😉 )

You've got me all shook up!
You've got me all shook up!
Now I'm gone!
Now I'm gone!

There’s a bunch of back up stuff and rock together still, but I’m tired and lazy. Another time my friends. You can get this EP on itunes, amazon or at This Good Robot Merch. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab your tickets for the Bamboozle Break Contest Feb 19th at Ollie’s Point!


Shit. I didn’t talk about comics once in this post. What kind of blog are we running here anyway?! Worst. Comic blog. Ever.
Shheeesh! There are other things in the world other than Comics! Comics! Comics! I just don’t care about them.

The Best Day Ever!! Very late Top 5 pulls

So, I’m late for the first time since starting my top 5’s. I started writing a post for Wednesday on Tuesday night and based on what was coming out, the post was entitled, “The Best Day Ever!!”. Then Wednesday happened and for me, it was one of the worst days I’ve ever had. But at least there were comics. Great comics. Most of my favorites in fact. I’d been in a bad mood since and made a point not to read any of my books for fear that my mood would ruin my favorite things. Meanwhile, the comics probably would have helped. Anyway, I’m sorry for posting late.
I know that my top 5’s tend to be a bit repetitive, and I’m working on it, but really, it shouldn’t be my responsibility. On average I pick up 20 – 30 books a week and try to give most everything a fighting chance. If something is awesome, or of a publisher or creative team has me excited to check something out, it’ll be in my top 5.

Since I’m late posting late, I’m gonna do a little more than usual. I’d like to start doing this from now on when it’s called for. There were some books from last week that were not in my top 5, but I thought were worth mentioning.

Rachel Rising #5 by Terry Moore

The scene where she describes waking up underground was fucking intense!

And The Flash #5 by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

This has been one of my favorites of the New 52’s and all of the sudden I like it even more… time travel. Plus, the art continues to be some of the best in comics right now. definitely go check out these two books.

Moving on!
This is the most exciting thing that’s come out so far this year! I’ve only had a chance to flip through it so far… (let’s go Amazon! Fuck! I hate you! But nobody can compete with your prices! Gahhhww! Send the damn thing already!)


This thing is fucking huge!!!!! Seriously. 11 x 17 Hardcover and features art and stories by… Well… everyone.

As you can see,



I’m a Madman fan.
(totally unnecessary brag note: figure in the back right of the display case was made by a company in France, numbered #1 of 100, signed by Mike Allred and is actually 1 of a kind from what I’m told… Whatever, No big deal.)
What is a big deal is BRAND NEW MADMAN STORIES! This book is overflowing with them. If you’ve never read any Madman, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s what got me into comics in the first place and continues to be the most fun I’ve ever had with comics.

Without Madman in my life… This Top 5 may never have existed (nice dramatic segue):

Locke & Key: Clockworks #4 (in 9 issues, it’s all over!) 😦

IDW: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Sweet Tooth #30

DC Vertigo: Jeff Lemire

Swamp Thing #6

DC Comics: Scott Snyder and Marco Rudy

Animal Man #6

DC Comics: Jeff Lemire, John Paul Leon and Travel Foreman

Superman: Action Comics #6

DC Comics: Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert

In other news, tickets are still on sale for This Good Robot’s date of the Bamboozle Break Contest! We want to play this year’s Bamboozle Festival and we can with your help!! Come out and support!! BUY TICKETS HERE!!!